Portland's Rose Garden Signals Summer Season

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Portland, Ore. is known as the City of Roses, and for good reason. The city hosts the annual Rose Festival, which celebrates Portland's incredible ability to cultivate beautiful flowers each spring.

In the early 20th Century, Georgiana Pittock, wife of newspaper entrepreneur Henry Pittock, began to grow an illustrious rose garden in Portland's West Hills on her property around the famous Pittock Mansion. Then, in 1917, Portland Parks began the International Rose Test Garden as a way to save rare European rose breeds that were endangered during World War One.

"Roses started arriving in Portland in 1918 and the garden and amphitheater were dedicated in 1924. It’s not surprising that this garden, located in Washington Park, is one of the City of Roses’ signature landmarks," says Travel Portland.

Portland's Rose Garden is free and open year round, though the peak season for rose-watching comes in late May and early June.

Portland's reputation as the Rose City was immortalized with the Portland Trail Blazer's arena being named the Rose Garden (though it has recently been renamed to reflect a corporate sponsor).

While on an adventure through Portland, don't forget to stop by the Rose Garden (either basketball or flower version) and witness the incredible scenery that encompasses the Rose City.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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